The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 May 1900

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One Will Be Erected at Cape Vincent.

Norman B. Conger, inspecter and marine agent of the weather bureau for the great lakes, is in the city inspecting the Oswego station.

Mr. Conger's headquarters are at Detroit, Mich., but he spends most of his time in visiting the 60 stations in his territory. He is now on a general tour and has inspected most of the stations on the upper lakes. He says that the opening of navigation has been much retarded by reason of the unusual amount of ice at the different points. The boats are now practically all in commission, but difficulty is still experienced in navigating owing to ice.

Mr. Conger says that he has found the various stations in excellent condition. The local offices, he says, are satisfactory and the work of Observer Linsley and his assistant, J.M. Carey, is highly commended.

"Chief Moore," says Mr. Conger, "is introducing new self-registering instruments in all important stations. Oswego he considers one of our leading stations and it is proposed to improve its equipment as soon as possible. The self-registering instruments will be installed here, I think. Other improvements will be made at this station, but I am unable to say what they will be. Another contemplated innovation, for which provision has already been made, is the erection of wind signal towers at various points along the lakes. We have on Lake Ontario, not including Rochester, the following stations: Fort Niagara, Charlotte, Sodus Point, North Fair Haven, Oswego, Cape Vincent, Sackett's Harbor, Big Sandy and Ogdensburg. Of those named all but Oswego are merely wind signal stations, open during the season of navigation. The towers of which I speak will be erected at Big Sandy, Cape Vincent and Charlotte, this year. These towers will be constructed of steel, and will be eight feet wide and fifty feet in height, with a staff twenty-five feet high surmounting the tower. Where power is obtainable the lamps will at night be lighted by electricity. The towers will be in charge of the regular display men. Next year we expect all the Lake Ontario stations will be equipped with towers. I think navigators and ship owners will appreciate this latest move of the bureau to protect their interests. It will cost a large sum, but the outlay will be more than balanced by the beneficial results."

p.4 Personal Mention - W.F. Hall, Napanee, has resigned his position as purser on the steamer Spartan.

E. Adams, Ottawa, chairman of the board of examiners of hulls, is in the city.

A.C. Neish, University Avenue, will act as purser of the steamer Columbian this season.

Richard Prittie, of this city, has been appointed baggageman on the steamer Algerian.

R.H. Smith is steward and Richard James assistant cranesman on the government dredge Rideau, now working at Ottawa. They are Kingstonians.


The schooners White and Burton cleared to-day for Oswego.

The tug Thomson arrived from Oswego to-day with two coal laden barges.

The steamer Lake Michigan, from Toledo, called at Craig's wharf last evening.

The steambarge King Ben arrived at the ferry wharf this morning with a general cargo from Montreal.

Marine business is rushing at Oswego, N.Y. The harbor is crowded with vessels loading and unloading. There are several for Kingston.

Arrivals at Richardsons' elevator: Schooners Carveth from Port Hope, with 13,000 bushels of wheat; Laura D. from Trenton, with wheat.

The steamer St. Lawrence left last night for Clayton to be painted and fitted out. Being a United States vessel, duty on the labor and material would have to be paid if the work was not done at a United States port.

The steamer Algerian, on which William Hazlett, late of the Kingston waterworks, is engineer, made a fast trip from Montreal. She left there on Monday evening at seven o'clock, and arrived at Kingston on Tuesday evening at eight o'clock, half an hour ahead of time.

The Soulanges canal is yet unused on the up trips at night by the R. & O. N. company's steamers Algerian and Hamilton, because the gas buoys have not been placed, and the captains being unable to navigate that route without the aid of these buoys. The old Beauharnois canal is still being used.

Welland Canal Report.

Port Dalhousie, May 15th - Up: Steamer J.R. Langdon, Ogdensburg to Chicago, general cargo; steamer Paliki, Montreal to Sault Ste. Marie, general cargo; steambarge Walter B. Youngstown, Tonawanda, light.

Down: steamer Nipigeon, Grand Marias to Ogdensburg, lumber; barge Melbourne, Bay Mills to Ogdensburg, lumber; barge Filmore, Grand Marias to Ogdensburg, lumber.

Port Colborne, May 15th - Up: Schooner W.H. Wounds, Oswego to Toledo, coal; steamer Langoon, Ogdensburg to Chicago, general cargo.

Down: Steamers Prince, Chicago to Ogdensburg, general cargo; Averill, Chicago to Ogdensburg, general cargo.

p.8 To Build A Sailing Yacht - Sandford C. Calvin has placed an order with Mr. Rickey, boatbuilder, Barriefield, for the immediate construction of a sailing yacht. The new boat, which will be a twenty-footer, will take part in the races to be held here this summer. She will be a fast boat.

Incidents of the Day - The steamer Algerian was caught in the storm yesterday afternoon, and was unable to land at Cardinal. The captain could not see two feet ahead, and had to continue on to Prescott, where the freight was discharged.

A Steamer Burned - Lachine, Que., May 16th - The steamer Paul Smith, owned by Mr. Bickerdike, M.P., and which had not been in service for some time past, was last night destroyed by fire in the canal near Lachine locks. Origin of the fire at present unknown.

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), 16 May 1900